Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Train journey

Been on a trip to Kerala last weekend and it was an overnight train journey.I travelled by sleeper class to save some money!Trust me, sleeper class is the best place for some solid entertainment in the train.Its fun to watch people around you.I managed to crouch and sit on my seat when a family of 4 landed in the same cubicle as mine. There was a husband, wife , a baby and a 12 yr old girl.Its amazing to see the luggage people carry. Guess they had one whole bag for diapers alone, one bag for food and snacks, one water kettle, so on so forth. Travelling with kids is such a pain I say.As soon as they dumped all their luggages under the seats, the wife asked her husband loudly "why didnt you book tickets in the 3rd A/c?" making sure everyone around heard her.Her husband very religiously answered her saying the tickets werent available. Thought she would stop there, oh she didnt. She again loudly asked her already petrified husband why he did not book tickets in 2nd A/c and went onto describe about the A/c effect there, curtains, reading lights and how they could all get down at the destination without wearing the tired look.And after all this, she herself quietened down by saying" oh, 2nd A/c la waiting listaa".Guess the bragging gave her some happiness.

Then there was a newly married couple who held hands through out the journey.They sat closeby, ate in the same plate,ate the same chappathi by breaking it into small pieces, had water in the same glass.Thank God, they did not sleep in the same berth.
There were two old men sitting on the side berth who had a tough time with the 12 year old girl nagging them for a place there.Unable to bear the girl's tantrums, they went to sleep blissfully.

Travails like these make the train journey memorable, and so was mine too.

16 comments:

Sriram said...

Haha super ma kannu..
kalakkitta.. yenna oru thathroobamaana portrayal..
appdiyae andha compartment la oruthanaa travel pannina effect kodutthutta..
seriously indha maadhri rail payangal thara fun are ultimate..
soakka yezhudhirukka ma..

sudha said...

hey travelling in train is so much fun..cant forget our trip to pune..hw much we enjoyed..hogging from bhel to vada pavs.. the comical guju familiy sitting next to us...was real fun...hey lets plan sumthing yaar...wat say?

ss said...

@SRIRAM
I swear by wat u say, train journeys r absolute fun. its all the more interesting wen u have a companion to travel along with u.

@SUDHA
yes, pune trip was so nice no? i still remem how we drooled over the rotis that gujju family had got.yes, we shall plan yet another one

Clueless said...

Laughed my guts out at the description of carrying heavy luggages, the newly married couple sitting closeby and eating in the same place. They actually do that.I could easily picturise the train journey you had. Great post

Clueless said...

I guess this bragging about A/C is a common sight amonsgt southies

sudha said...

lets goto Pune again, or what about Delhi?

pooja said...

Nostalgia at its best, train journeys are always memorable. Very well written. Sleeper class is the best place if you want some fun. The newly married couple eating in the same plate part was hilarious. Good job sweets

ss said...

@CLUELESS
thanks 4 teh appreciation. bragging? i have seen it several times..esp the women..cant beat them at that

@SUDHA
see that u r all xcited, yes we will try

@POOJA
the couple actually did that. one chappathi was shared..was fun to watch it all.

smyLeMaKEr said...

hehe, gud 1... nice portrayal! :-)

Anonymous said...

This comment is not meant for publishing. I just would like to know why you didn't publish my comments in the last post ie,'Show them the meaning'. Seems like you only like appreciation and don't tolerate creative criticism from others. I thought your blog was an offbeat one. Now I think you are not the one I was thinking of. Just an another brick in the wall.

har!s

ss said...

@ ANONYMOUS
Yes, i did get ur comment yuest and i dint puiblish it for the simple reason that
U DINT EVEN HAVE THE GUTS TO LEAVE UR NAME and signed in anonymously. i am open to appreciation/ criticism, afterall this is blog is open to public.i will be more than happy to accept any kind of feedback, reply to them too IF the person bothers to leave me his identity. y hide wen giving a feedback..hope u get my point

har!s said...

>>Yes, i did get ur comment yuest and i dint puiblish it for the simple reason that
U DINT EVEN HAVE THE GUTS TO LEAVE UR NAME

Not true. I left my name with the comments. To clarify further, my blog is purely technical one. So I don't leave my identity in non technical blogs where people are mostly not interested in my subject. Moreover, if the bloggers REALLY want to avoid anonymous comments, they can do it in their blog customization. If you are not aware of it, I am not responsible for your ignorance. Since you allowed anonymous comments, I utilised that facility. Again, it is well understood fact that creating a false identity is the simplest thing you can do on web. So there is no meaning in insisting on identities. For me, the only thing matters is the content of the comment, not the owner of the comment. Speaking about my previous comment, it was put in a polite way opposing only your views and it didn't contain any unparliamentary comments.Anyway, since you touched my GUTS, I post this comment with my own id. At the same time, I challenge you to show your GUTS by publishing this and previous comments from me. Let others read it and decide who is right and who is wrong.

Finally I would like to mention that I don't have anything personal against you. To be frank I don't know who you are and where you are from and I don't even care those things. I you felt hurt from any of my comments, I am really sorry for that. Here goes my last few words.

Appreciation never opens yours eyes, only criticism can do that. Appreciation always surrounds you to feel a false image of true things where criticism breaks all those images and opens up the reality.

All the best.
har!s

ss said...

@HAR!S
Thanks a lot for ur patience to reply to the comment.Well, I never said u used any unparliamentary language. Its a public blog and am open to any kind of comments- good or bad.I very well know abt disabling anon comments, but i dint do it c os i dont xpect everyone to have a gmail id to sign in..and even for u, wat i meant was if u have an identity or precisely a gmail id or a blog even, pls show up. that was my only concern. I appreciate thatu did acknowledge my comment n also showed up ur identity. thanks for that. good luck to u too.

smyLeMaKEr said...

@har!s

Neenga Vadivel illa Vivekkukku sondhakaarara?
Y irrelevant lentil-talks in a blog? Machi. there are so many "I am not...", "I am this...", "I am...", "I", "IIII" in Ur post. Ada saamiyae!
But I liked these lines, PURELY for the COMEDY in them:
1) ///Moreover, if the bloggers REALLY want to avoid anonymous comments, they can do it in their blog customization. If you are not aware of it, I am not responsible for your ignorance///
Dhoda! endha settinga epdee use pannanumnungaradhu blog owneroda istam! idhu kooda theriyaadha unnoda igNORancea ennannu solradhu baa?
2) ///For me, the only thing matters is the content of the comment, not the owner of the comment///
kekka bukkae... kekkae bukkae... Dude, U 4got 2 mention things like "For me, the only thing matters is the texture of the hankie, not the color of the hankie", "For me, the only matter is blabber-gobber..."
3) ///Anyway, since you touched my GUTS, I post this comment with my own id.///
Idhudhaanbaa iruukaradhiliyae semmaa tamaaasu tamaasu! Is Ur gutless guts so very tender? Watchout YO!
4)///At the same time, I challenge you to show your GUTS by publishing this and previous comments from me. Let others read it and decide who is right and who is wrong.///
Tucker maapla! I alsso challenge U to publish Ur user credentials of Ur bank accounts. yaya ularalsdhaan; but comedy pannanumnu aagi pochu, appuram enna?
Idhula "maakkal theerpaae enga aayaa theerpu"nnu dialogue vera! Poyi polappa paarungappa! Nee enna vetty payana? Atleast payana?
5)///Finally I would like to mention that I don't have anything personal against you.///
Poyi Gap10 katchila saerndhudu!
6) ///Appreciation never opens yours eyes, only criticism can do that. Appreciation always surrounds you to feel a false image of true things where criticism breaks all those images and opens up the reality.///
Idha unga veettu compound walla sedhukki vechuttu pakkathuliyae oru stool poattu ukkaandhukko. Unakku pinnaadi vara sandhadhiyinar adha paathu paditchu munnerattum!

Chanceless machi. I request that U continue blogging... oops ularifying on others blogs and also keep me informed. Namma bloglayum unga commentsa alli thelingooooo! http://smylesid.blogspot.com/

Albert Einstein said...

Oh. Yes. Train journeys are amazing and enjoyable. I had been travelling quite frequently to bangalore and find amazing entertainment in the station platform and inside the train. I really Love travellign in train :-)

Arabinda said...

Train journeys were only good for me when I used to travel from chennai to Orissa. They were always fun, but I remember when I used to return from bhubaneswar to Chennai, I used to sleep almost all the time and it happened to me every time. If you don't have any company, long train journeys can be really boring too.